Parent Information – Head Lice

Head Lice

Head lice are a parasitic insect found on the head, eyebrows and eyelashes. They feed on human blood several times a day, live close to the scalp. They have 3 forms; egg (also called nit), the nymph, and the adult. Head lice are not known to spread disease. They are not unique to UNIS Hanoi and/or Vietnam.

How do they move/how are they spread?

Head lice move by crawling, they cannot hop or fly. They are spread by direct contact with the hair of an infested person. Head to head contact during play at school, home and elsewhere.  It is very uncommon for spread by contact with clothing. Personal hygiene in the home has nothing to do with getting head lice.

Signs and Symptoms:

  • Tickling feeling or something moving in the hair.
  • Itching caused by the bites of the head louse.
  • Irritability, difficulties sleeping as the lice are most active at night in the dark.
  • Sores on the head from scratching.


Head lice are not preventable but with regular checks, you can ensure early detection. We recommend weekly inspections using the wet combing procedure (same for detection and treatment).

Treatment Options:

  • Chemical options
  • Wet combing

Chemical options contain insecticides and must be treated with caution. They can only be used with live lice – they have no effect on eggs.

Most important – lice and eggs, (nits) must be removed every 3 days to ensure no re infestation.

Wet Combing Procedure:

  • Wash the hair in the normal way with shampoo or wet with water.
  • Rinse shampoo out and put on lots of conditioner
  • Comb hair with normal comb to get rid of tangles
  • Change to the lice comb
  • Divide the hair into sections, work one small section of hair at a time.
  • Place the comb at the base of the hair follicle
  • Draw the comb through the hair to the tip
  • Work around the entire head repeating the above
  • Check the comb for lice after each stroke by wiping on a towel or rinsing the comb in a bowl
  • When completed the entire head –rinse out conditioner
  • Lice are easier to see in bright light

The first combing should remove all hatched eggs but it will not remove the eggs. Picking the nits (eggs) off the hair with fingers may be necessary.  Repeat every 2-3 days for 2-3 weeks or until no lice found.

Weekly combing should be carried out to prevent/ and or detect any re –infestation


Treating and combing for lice is time consuming, however, this must be done frequently. Combing remains the responsibility of the parent.


There is much debate regarding exclusion from school. At UNIS Hanoi we advise that if your child has head lice, you should inform the School Health Centre so appropriate notifications and support can be provided.

Centre for Disease Control and prevention, CDC online access 5 November 5, 2013

UNIS Head Lice Brochure for Parents

From the School Health Centre

From the Head of School

Happy New Year and welcome back!

We are committed to gathering the perspectives and feedback of our students, parents, faculty and alumni on an annual basis. As you know, this year we are completing our self-study for our Council of International Schools (CIS) accreditation process. The Community Survey is an important part of our accreditation and we will be launching it next week. The survey is administered by CIS and you will receive an email with a link to the online questionnaire and instructions on Monday (January 14).

The survey is anonymous and should only take around 10 minutes to complete. It can be taken in 30 languages including English, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese, French, Spanish, and others. We use the data collected during this survey as a benchmark in how we are delivering on our mission, vision, and values, to evaluate our achievement of our Annual Action Plan and our Strategic Plan, and to set targets for improvement. By taking time to complete the survey you will help us know whether we are on track to achieve our objectives, and what we should prioritise for next year.

We hope that you will be willing to take a few minutes to share your thoughts, feelings and beliefs about UNIS Hanoi with us. We are grateful for your participation.

As a reminder, these were the highlights and challenges identified from last year’s Community Survey completed in March 2018:

Last year’s Highlights included:

  1. Our curriculum is in line with our mission, and our mission is well understood.
  2. Our campus is safe, healthy, and clean, with an outstanding increase in satisfaction with food services.
  3. There is a strong understanding of our United Nations connection and agreement that multiculturalism and diversity enrich teaching and learning at UNIS Hanoi.
  4. Parents feel their children are engaged in their learning, and both parents and students feel they understand grading.
  5. Our community feels technology effectively supports and enhances learning at UNIS Hanoi.
  6. Learning is collaborative at UNIS Hanoi, and personalised learning is meeting the needs of most students.

Challenges identified last year include:

  1. There was a downward trend in perception of campus maintenance. We think this is largely related to the impact of the campus development project on our campus spaces this year and we will monitor this concern closely next year. We don’t expect this trend to continue when the construction fences are removed and we can all enjoy the results of the project.
  2. There was a drop in satisfaction with Board of Directors communications and some drop in satisfaction with school communications among specific national groups and across divisions. We completed a  communications audit led by the Parent Partnerships Task Force which provided detailed recommendations to improve school communications including increasing translation where possible and reviewing new family orientation.
  3. Students were less satisfied this year with emotional support, counseling, and expressing themselves at school. Parents are also concerned about counseling services. In 2017-2018 three of our four MSHS counsellors were new to the school, and both MS and HS principals were new to their roles. The separation of MS and HS divisions is an ongoing project which is designed to provide better, more tailored services at division level in the long-term. MSHS counsellors are following up with additional research to understand how services can be improved. In 2017-2018 we already began providing training for student councils and leader retreats, and will continue to  develop with student spirit councils to strengthen student voice.
  4. Our community understands our United Nations connection and values its impact on learning, but doesn’t feel as connected to the work of the UN in Vietnam. We continue to maintain and strengthen our UN connection through a variety of activities, and are planning several events to showcase the work of the UN at UNIS Hanoi including continuing to integrate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into our curriculum, recognition of significant UN observances such an event with UN Women for Women’s Day, and further linking our Service Learning projects with UN initiatives in Vietnam.
  5. Although our community feels very safe on campus, some specific concerns with emergency procedures, busing, and local health awareness were identified. We will be reinforcing our policies and procedures through training for staff and contractors (busing), and improving communication by departments such as the School Health Centre and Transportation.

Jane McGee
Head of School

Important Admissions Notices

Do you have children for whom you would like to apply for next year? Admissions for the 2019-2020 school year will open next week, so please contact us as soon as possible to register your child’s details.

Are you planning on leaving at the end of this semester? Please submit an Admissions Withdrawal Form indicating the last day of attendance for your child/ren.

Will you re-enroll your children for the 2019-2020 school year? Re-enrolment for current students will commence at the end of January and will be completed using the parent portal. To secure placements, a tuition deposit payment is required for each child and will be due 29 March 2019.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for assistance by dropping into the Admissions Office in B7, email or telephone 0247 300 4508 extensions 8217 / 8738 / 8739 / 8732 / 8220.

Thank you

Bronagh Lucardie
Senior Manager Admissions

Help us find the next UNIS Hanoi scholar!

The application season for the UNIS Hanoi Scholarship Programme is now open for next year’s scholars and we need your help to find them!

Our Scholarship Programme is designed to give opportunities to talented local students from families with disadvantaged backgrounds and we are looking for new scholars to join Middle and High School next year.

Do you know a teenager from a low income family who is excelling at their Vietnamese public school (currently in Grade 7-9) who would like to join UNIS Hanoi to complete their education? Pass this information on to them, share on your social media, post it on your office noticeboard… Help us get the word out!

This comprehensive scholarship package covers not only 100% tuition fees and all other school expenses, but also provides incredible opportunities for them to truly transform their lives! Our scholars travel on sports teams to compete globally, learn musical instruments and perform on international stages and launch their careers at the world’s top universities! Find out more.

This is an opportunity not to miss and UNIS Hanoi will support any scholarship family that joins the programme through the process.

Students should apply now to enter the selection process for the start of the 2019-20 school year. Deadline for Applications is 31 March 2019. 

Visit the UNIS Hanoi website to read the eligibility criteria in detail and to download the application form. Complete application should be delivered to UNIS Hanoi, G9 Ciputra, Phu Thuong Ward, Tay Ho, Hanoi. 

All questions concerning the Scholarship Programme should be sent by email to


Học bổng UNIS Hà Nội năm học 2019-2020

Chương trình Học bổng UNIS Hà Nội đang tiếp tục nhận hồ sơ đăng ký thi tuyển cho năm học tới và chúng tôi cần sự giúp đỡ của cộng đồng UNIS Hà Nội.

Chương trình Học bổng này mở ra cơ hội cho các em học sinh Việt Nam có hoàn cảnh khó khăn và có thành tích học tập xuất sắc vào học tại khối THCS và THPT tại UNIS Hà Nội.

Nếu quý vị biết học sinh nào hiện đang theo học lớp 7, lớp 8 hoặc lớp 9 tới từ gia đình có hoàn cảnh khó khăn và học giỏi tại trường công lập tại Việt Nam, hãy giúp chúng tôi giới thiệu Chương trình này tới học sinh đó, chia sẻ thông tin lên các kênh thông tin online của quý vị, dán tại bảng thông tin ở cơ quan… Hãy giúp chúng tôi chuyển thông tin này tới các bạn học sinh phù hợp!

Chương trình học bổng của UNIS Hà Nội không chỉ hỗ trợ tài chính 100% mà còn mang tới những cơ hội tuyệt vời cho các bạn học sinh chắp cánh tương lai! Được tham gia đội tuyển thi đấu quốc tế, được học âm nhạc, tại UNIS Hà Nội học sinh học bổng sẽ có những điều kiện tốt nhất để bắt đầu sự nghiệp tại các trường đại học hàng đầu thế giới. Quý vị có thể tìm hiểu thêm thông tin tại đây.

Đây là một cơ hội không thể bỏ qua và UNIS Hà Nội sẽ luôn hỗ trợ các gia đình học sinh trúng tuyển.

Các em học sinh có thể đăng ký dự tuyển cho năm học 2019-2020 ngay bây giờ.

Hạn nộp hồ sơ: 31 Tháng Ba năm 2019 

Truy cập để biết thông tin chi tiết và tải hồ sơ đăng ký thi tuyển. Hồ sơ hoàn thiện nộp tại/gửi về UNIS Hanoi, Khu G9 Khu đô thị Ciputra, phường Phú Thượng, Quận Tây Hồ, Hà Nội.  

Mọi thắc mắc liên quan đến Chương trình Học bổng đề nghị liên hệ theo địa chỉ thư điện tử

“Amazing Arts Exhibition and Auction” – By the Community, for the Community!

Calling for donations from all artists and art makers for UNIS Hanoi’s upcoming Amazing Arts – Community Exhibition & Auction.

Advancement office is partnering with Service Learning, Lower and Upper Elementary art students for the 3rd annual Amazing ARTS – Community Exhibition & Auction raising money for Service Learning projects and partners through The Birthday Gift Fund.

Opening evening: 18:00 – 20:00 on Friday, February 15
Exhibition: February 15 – March 1
Location: Centre for the Arts

The concept is simple… students, faculty, staff, parents and alumni donate a piece of art they have created (or collected) for the auction and then for 2 weeks our community will bid in a silent, secret auction to take home the art of their choice! Artwork could be a painting, a sketch, an embroidery, a book, photographs, ceramics… all up to your creative talents!

Thanks to our supportive community, we raised over $10,000 USD in the last 2 years. We look forward to a flood of artistic offerings this year. Don’t be shy! Your art will look fabulous in someone else’s home!

Please drop off your piece of art by Friday, February 8 at the Advancement Office (B7 Rm 102) so that we can create a wonderful exhibition.
Please complete our Art Auction Information form to let us know a little about you and your work to help us plan our display. We will find room for everyone’s art! THANK YOU!

Questions? Contact  Ms Ha Dinh ( in the Advancement Office.

Wishing all a Happy, Healthy 2019!


The new year is a great time to review your child’s immunization records to ensure that they AND yourself are up-to-date on vaccinations. UNIS Hanoi follows the CDC recommendations that you can review here for updates. Review CDC guidelines here.

Immunization is one of the most successful and cost-effective health interventions and prevents between 2 and 3 million deaths every year. From infants to senior citizens, immunization protects against diseases such as diphtheria, measles, pertussis (whooping cough), pneumonia, polio, rotavirus diarrhoea, rubella and tetanus. The benefits of immunization are increasingly being extended to adolescents and adults, providing protection against life-threatening diseases such as influenza, meningitis, and cancers (cervical and liver cancers).

Raffles, Hanoi Family Medical Practice and French Hospital can provide your family with most vaccinations  needed. Please note, Vietnam does not have regularly enforced laws regarding vaccinations. This being said, it puts our community at risk for coming in contact with a preventable illnesses.

Please don’t hesitate to contact the School Health Nurses with any questions or concerns at

Our Alumni

Bridie Taber (Class of 2013) was a part of the Victorian Roller Derby League B Team (Australia), the Queen Bees, that traveled to Dallas, Texas, USA in September 2018 to compete in the World Championships. The team won the 2018 B Team Championships, making them the first non-US team to win the title. Roller Derby is a full contact sport, played on a flat, oval surface where five players from two teams compete to score the most points. Bridie is working and living in Victoria, Melbourne. Bridie’s sister Caitlin is also a UNIS Hanoi alumni and their parents Daryl and Cathy Taber are Alumni Faculty/Staff. (Photo: Duane Baker Photography)

Every week we feature a short profile of one of our global alumni in Tin Tuc. UNIS Hanoi is connected to 55% of all alumni students, families and faculty with our very own world wide web connecting UNIS Hanoi in the four corners of the globe!

From the Head of School

Dear Parents,

It has been a pleasure working with your children throughout the first semester. On behalf of the faculty and staff at UNIS Hanoi, I hope you have a restful, safe and happy holiday with friends and family.

Please note that the campus will be closed from December 24 – January 1. We will resume operations on January 2, 2019. During the break, the administrative building will be closed. If you need the below departments, they will be located in the following areas:
  • HOS Office – B8B Activities Conference Room
  • Human Resources – B8B – 117
  • Business Office – B5 – 127
  • Advancement – B8B – Faculty Lounge
  • Admissions – B8B – 115 & 116

We look forward to welcoming everyone back on January 7 and wish you all the best for 2019!

Jane McGee
Head of School

From the Board of Directors

Dear Parents,

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I write to update you on some of the work the Board has been engaged in during the first half of this year.


One of the main duties and responsibilities of the Board is the fiscal stability of the School. We are committed to maintaining a secure financial foundation and transparency for our community. We are pleased to note the following;

  1. Audit 2017-18: Ernst and Young have carried out last year’s audit and have declared the school’s financial reports to be in good order. The Annual Report 2017-2018 (UNIS Unfolded)  will provide the summary financial overview – available end semester 1.
  2. Budget planning 2018 -19: Our projected budget for this year was based on an enrollment figure of 1135 students. Current admissions  data anticipates no change to this figure with no budget adjustment required.
  3. Budget 2019 -20: The Board has approved the budget for next year’s annual action plan based on a steady enrollment of 1135. This is a cautious figure as we  budget conservatively to ensure long term stability for the school. UNIS Hanoi remains the number 1 choice of new families relocating to Hanoi.

Tuition Fees Increase of 4%, Capital Fees increase to $3,000 (K2-G12)

The Board bases its budget decision on the School’s Values, Mission and Vision to ensure that the School honours its commitment to you and your children. Key to that commitment is recruiting and retaining highly qualified and experienced teachers and further developing our facilities in support of teaching and learning. Thorough benchmarking analysis of local and regional international schools as well as wider economic scans are used to determine the budget figures each year. Following review, a draft budget with a proposed 4% tuition increase for 2019-2020 was presented at our community meeting in November with  a capital fee increase to $3,000 for grades K2 – 12. These budget figures were subsequently approved at the 20 November Board meeting.

During the first half of this year the Board has also worked in the following areas:

  1. Nurturing and supporting our new Head of School Jane McGee during her first year at UNIS Hanoi.
  2. Establishing a Fundraising Task Force that will work to define the future of Fundraising at UNIS Hanoi.
  3. Preliminary planning for our next strategic planning cycle to follow `Strategy 2020’, which reaches completion at the end of next year.  
  4. Maintaining strong financial oversight as the school works to build reserves for our next phase of campus development.

None of these achievements would be possible without the dedication of Board and Committee volunteers. I would like to thank everyone for their hard work and support and I would like to wish everyone a wonderful holiday season and best wishes for a healthy and happy New Year. 

Amie Pollack, PhD.
Board Chair 2018-2019

Admissions Notices

Are you planning on leaving? Please submit an Admissions Withdrawal Form indicating the last day of attendance for your child/ren. This will help us to transition new students into school as early as possible for the second semester of this academic year.

Do you have other siblings for whom you would like to apply? Admissions for the 2019-2020 school year will open in January, so please contact us as soon as possible to register your child’s details.

Will you re-enroll your children for the 2019-2020 school year? Re-enrolment for current students will commence at the end of January and will be completed using the parent portal. To secure placements, a tuition deposit payment is required for each child and will be due 29 March 2019.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for assistance by dropping into the Admissions Office in B7, email or telephone 0247 300 4508 extensions 8217 / 8738 / 8739 / 8732 / 8220.

Thank you

Bronagh Lucardie
Senior Manager Admissions